Monday, June 18, 2007
Angel Whips the Tiger
By now you have probably heard that Tiger Woods DID NOT win the U.S. Open at Oakmont. The winner, Angel Cabrera, outlasted the rest of the field to win his first major on a course thats name should be changed to the Green Mile.
Si.com and ESPN.com both have the same title, "Last Man Standing," and sadly, this is about how you explain the final round.
I said early Sunday morning that if Tiger hit the ball half as well as he did on Saturday, he'd take home his 13th major. Well, he hit the ball about 13 percent as good and still only lost by one shot. Woods only had one birdie in his final round, with a tap-in birdie on the fourth hole. The King of Golf had his chances, but just kept playing conservative (as you should in a U.S. Open) and couldn't convert a birdie on the short 17th hole after hitting three-wood in a greenside bunker.
No matter what you say about Cabrera, he was the only player in the top 19 that shot a round under 70. People might talk about his bogey-bogey close on 16 and 17, but the cigarette smoking Argentinian made enough birdies early in his round for the buffer.
Poor Jim Furyk...if the guy makes par on 17 and 18 he is playing in a playoff today. Well, he tried to drive the 17th green and makes bogey, losing the tournament on a 300 yard par-4. Golf is a cruel sport.
Looking back, Oakmont is just as tough as everyone said it would be. I'm pretty sure as the pros wake up this Monday morning they will all be happy to give the Green Mile back to the members. Enjoy your crazy bitch, Oakmont members.